US 1618404 A
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Feb. 22 ,1927. 1,618,404
F. F. BERRY FOX KENNEL Filed oct. 21, 1926 i "Fi v vTiqE INVENTOR. Fred Forresf Berry A TTORNEY S.
Patented Feb. 22, 1927. l
PAT oFF ICE.
FREDFORREST BERRY, 01? LOS ANGELES; CALIFORNIA FOX KENNEL.
Application filed. October 21, 1926. Serial-No. 143,149..
This invention relates to a kennel for ani: mals which are intolerant of human contact with the kennel, and pertains more particularly to. akennel,- which has a compartment disposed within a shell, which. compartment may be inspected without necessis.
tating, contact of the inspector.
Fox kennels are arranged with a co1n'-' partment jacketed by an outer shell to proyoung or removethem to other places uponv determining that. the kennel. has been touched by a human. Removal by the mother subjects. the youngto vicisitudes fromv which. the. young often die In many instances? the mother is unable tonurse her young, inwhi'ch case itbecomes advisable to save the. life; of the litter. to transfer the young. so as. to be attended by other animals such as cats. The-saving oflife is avaluable asset: to the. fox. breeder Inspection for this reason and for other reasons becomes advisable in the early life of the young The present invention has for its primary object. the provision of a kennel which may be opened, inspected and closed without contaminating. the bed or nest compartment with human contact. Sgome means to warm the kennel is alsoadvisable. The present invention contemplates a structure whereby an electrical heating device may be employed for the purpose of keeping the kennel warm.
These objectst-ogether. with other objects and corresponding accomplishments may be obtained by meansof the embodiment of my invention illustrated in the accompanying drawing, inwhi'ch; v
, Fig. 1 isa perspective view of akennel closed and ready for occupancy; Fig.2 is a vertical sectional Vl8W- through the kennel showing, the cover'of the outer shell: open and. also the lid o'f the inner or bed. compar-talent opeiijdlf gi, 3- isa section as seen as. the B sel? Fig. and Fig. 4E isa touched by the inspector closing. the kennel. is obvious.
planview partly in section sliowingthe kennel opened for inspection.- I I The outer shell of the kennel is of box form and. includes three stat-ionary'walls indicated by 5, 6, and 7; There: is a bottom 8 and a roofQ-whichis hinged so that it' may be opened as shown in Fig; 2. The roof is arrangedto be s-lopingso as. to shed water. A; door 10 is hingedto the wall 5 completing the outer shell. A suitable hook and eye indicated. by 11 or. any other convenient means may beprov-i ded for holding the door lflclosed.
Disposedwithin; the shell is a second door 12. This door. cooperates with a casing13 Within the shell. and is so disposed that when closed, it is: close. to the door 10. Mounted on the inner. side of'thedoor 12'is a bed compartment or. chamber 14. This compartment. is. closed on all sides except the top for which a lid 15'is provided, this lidbeinghinged. There. is. a double bottom to. provide a space 17 at the lower part of the compartment.
The entrance to the shell is through an opening 18 in the side 7,.and the entrance to the. compartment is through an opening 19. The animal enters; through opening 18' and along 'the passageway between the 'wall'6 and the compartment, then through the passageway. between. the wall. 5 andthe compartment/and. into the compartment opening 19. Normally the kennel is in the'conditio'n shown in Fig.1, the door 10 being. closed over the door 151 If. it is desired to inspect the young, this is done/during. the absence the inside oii the. kennel. need' not. be The method of There will be no odor or. contamination of the kennel apparent to the mother; 7 f a It is. advantageous to supply heat. tofthe young. by warming the kennel. To this Thus,
end,,I have provided an openinggilO in. the.
rear wall of. the bottom chamber 17. and a corresponding registering opening. 21 in the door 12. Mounted upon. the door 10 so. as to be. disposed. within the chamber 1.7, when may be. viewed. through the. opening 19. I
doors 1! are 1?.-
cll sedg. an. electrie nearer E22. This may he of any suitable type such as a resistance heater, sullicient to supply heat to the kennel and keep it comitortable. The conductors 23 for thesupply of energy, extend along the rear of the door totlie wall 5 and are connected to a suitable source otsupply of electrical energy. These conductors are flexible and will act as a hinge as door 10 is opened and closed.
The nest compartment maybe cleaned by opening the lid 15. However, some means must be provided to lock the lid closed to avoid accidental iinching ol" the tails ot the young and injury to the fur which may occur when the young play or light. To this end, a board or plate 24- is fastened to the cover so as to rest thereon when the cover closed. The mother has a desire to remove the young from the nest compartment and tries to hide them. The space between lid 15 and cover 9 others a hiding place. If per mitted to place her young there, danger Wlll be encountered, due to the opportunity for the young to fall to the floor of the kennel, break their legs and otherwise injure themselves. The board 2st is arranged to serve as an end closure for this space. Thus, it serves two functions, one to close the space above the lid 15 and the other to lock the lid closed.
It is obvious that I have provided a kennel structure such that the cornpirrtnienl housing the young may be moved to posi tion so that the interior may be viewed Without human contact with the interior. The kennel is also of such a character as to appeal to the mother of the young in the matter of secrecy, there being a tortuous corridor for passing in and out. There is also convenient means for heating. The structure is economical to construct, strong and ellicient.
It is obvious that a plurality of nests may be placed Within a single shell, there being separate doors for each con'lpartment. A single entrance may be n'ovided and a partition wall dividing the shell into two cha1nhers. A hole for intercommunication may be formed in the partition. However, this is mere duplication.
hat I claim is:
1. In a kennel, the combination of a shell having a door in one of its walls, and a bed com iiartinentor nest box secured to the door so as to be swung outol' said shell compartment or nest box secured lo the door so as to be swung out of said shell with the opening ol" said door, said bed compartnIent being spaced from the wall of the Etlld shell so as to provide an L shape corridor, there being an opening in said compartment at the inner end of said corridor and an open-.
ing in said shell at the outer end of said corridor.
4-. In a kennel, the combination of ashell having in one of its walls an outer door and an inner door. the outer door overlying the inner door, a bed con'ipartment or nest box secured to the inner face of the inner door so as to be swung out of said shell with the opening of said door, said bed compartment being spaced from the Wall of said shell so as to provide an L shape corridor, there be ing an opening to said coi'upartment at the inner end of said corridor and an opening in said shell at the outer end of said corridor.
In a kennel, the combination of a shell having a door in one of its Walls and a bed compartment or nest box secured to the door so as to be swung out of said shell With the opening of said door, and a heater disposed Within said kennel.
G. In a kennel, the combination of a shell having in one of its walls, an outer and an inner door, the outer door overlying the in nor door, a bed compartn'ient or nest box secured to the inner face of the inner door so as to be swung out of said shell. with the opening of said inner door said compartment being spaced. from the. Wall of said shell so as to provide an L shape corridor, there being an opening in said compartment at the inner end of said corridor, and an opening in said shell at the outer end of said corridor, there being a hinged lid for said com 'mrtment.
T. In a kennel, the combination of a shell having a door in one of its Walls and a bed colnparl'mem: or nest box secured to the door so as to be swung out of said shell With the opening oi said door, said con'ipartment having a hinged lid.
In a kennel, the combination of a. shell having in one of its Walls, an outer door and an inner door, the outer door overlying the inner door, bed compartment or nest box being secured to the inner .l'ace 01f the inner door so as to be swung out of said shell with the opening of said door, the outer shell having a hinged cover and the compartment having a hinged lid.
9. In a kennel, the combination of a shell having in one of its walls an outer door and an inner door, the outer door overlying the inner door, a bed compartment secured to the inner face of the inner door so as to be swung out of the said shell with the opening of said door, said bed compartment or nest box being spaced from the Wall so as to provide an L shape corridor; there being opening of said door, there being a closed an opening in said corridor at the inner end chamber at the bottom of said compartment thereof and an opening in said shell at the and'a heater mounted on said door so as to outer end of said corridor, the shell having be disposed Within said chamber When said a a hinged cover and said compartment havdoor is closed. 15 ing a hinged lid. In Witness that I claim the foregoing I 10. In a kennel, the combination of a shell have hereunto subscribed my name this 27th having a door in one of its Walls, a bed co1n day of September, 1926. partment or nest box secured to the door so 1 as to be swung out of said shell with the FRED FORREST BERRY.